Fourth Annual California Toy Day Explores Green Chemistry Policies Impacting Toy Industry

March 20, 2014 | Representatives of small, mid-size and large toy companies met with key California lawmakers to discuss legislative and regulatory issues impacting the world of toys and games at the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 4th annual California Toy Day, held in Sacramento on March 19, 2014.

In light of California’s new Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), which allow the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to regulate and / or ban any chemical or product sold in California, discussions held throughout the day focused primarily on “green chemistry” activities in the state.

“California Toy Day was a unique and invaluable opportunity for toy companies to connect with lawmakers and share how policy decisions, such as the Safer Consumer Products Regulations, impact the everyday operations of businesses,” said Ed Desmond, TIA executive vice president of external affairs. “Everyone in attendance said the event was a very worthwhile experience, with several productive and mutually beneficial conversations taking place between toymakers and legislators.”

Activities kicked off with a noon luncheon featuring guest speakers Martha Guzman-Aceves, Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Jerry Brown, and Maureen F. Gorsen, who previously led the DTSC and is now a partner at Alston & Baird. The speakers separately introduced a number of legislative and regulatory policies to be explored throughout the day, including SCPR, extended producer responsibility, Proposition 65 and packaging laws.

Roundtable discussions related to green chemistry and environmental policies continued in the afternoon with speakers Meredith Williams (DTSC Deputy Director) and Karl Palmer (DTSC Branch Chief, Safer Consumer Products and Workplaces Program), followed by face-to-face meetings with California legislators, including Senator Kevin de León and Assemblymembers Luis Alejo, Raul Bocanegra, Steven Bradford and Tom Daly. 

Nearly 200 leading lawmakers, their staffs and toy company representatives continued conversations on the day’s topics at a legislative reception held that evening at the Senator Hotel.  The reception’s informal atmosphere provided companies with additional opportunities to speak about the industry’s enduring commitment to keeping children safe at play and the vital economic impact that the toy industry has in the state of California. 

“TIA’s legislative fly-ins are the backbone of TIA’s grassroots advocacy activities,” said Ed Desmond, TIA executive vice president of external affairs. “It is critically important for our members to engage in a regular face-to-face dialogue with policymakers so that they hear directly from our industry about how their decisions affect our businesses.”

Save the Date for TIA’s 7th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In, to take place September 16-18, 2014. Representatives of toy companies of all sizes will join together once again to hold face-to-face meetings with federal lawmakers and regulators to discuss the toy industry’s unique legislative needs.